These are the words we should strive to hear from our Heavenly Father in this present life and when we stand before Him in eternity:
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:23 (NIV)
Faithful: loyal, constant, and steadfast (New Oxford American Dictionary)
1. *Discussion* What is the cost of commitment? Does the cost often deter our faithfulness to the commitments we’ve made?
2. *Discussion* Is there anyone in your life that lives by the creed “my word is my bond”? Why has this value been replaced with a lack of commitment as nearly the social norm? Think of a time when you broke a commitment to someone or something, what impact did this have on those around you?
3. *Activity* Make a commitment with one another to go do something fun outside your regular cell group time.
Main Points (Choose ONE)
1. There is always a cost in commitment.
a. Someone who is faithful to their commitments has come to the realization that benefits far outweigh the personal cost.
b. Is there a commitment (or calling to) in your life that requires ‘too much faithfulness’?
2. Our commitments will impact others (positively or negatively).
a. In what condition would humanity be if God was as lethargic about His commitments as we are to some of the commitments we’ve made?
b. One who is faithful to their commitments will not only personally reap the blessings, but will bless those around them.
The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s home. Go to the land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation, I will bless you. I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you, I will curse. Through you every family on earth will be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3 (GWT)
1. The cost of commitment for Abram (Abraham) involved leaving his homeland and family behind, but through His obedience all of humanity was blessed.
a. “Leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s home.” (v. 1)
i. How would you respond if God called you to leave all that you know and love behind?
ii. Often, our faithfulness only stretches as far as our ‘cost tolerance’.
b. Is it possible that God has placed a calling to a major commitment in your life, but the fear of the cost is holding you back?
2. God’s commitment to Abram (Abraham) is an iconic example of a commitment He made and fulfilled to an individual, which (as always) impacted so many others.
a. “. . . Go to the land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation, I will bless you. I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” (vv. 1-2)
i. God fulfilled all His commitments to Abram (Abraham) and blessed Him abundantly.
ii. He will always do the same within your life if you will simply be obedient and follow His lead (“Go to the land that I will show you”).
b. “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you, I will curse. Through you every family on earth will be blessed.” (v. 3)
i. God has fulfilled His commitment to all of humanity by sending His Son through Abram’s (Abraham’s) bloodline.
ii. Our faithfulness or lack thereof can have monumental or disastrous effects to those around us (and even to those who aren’t).
1. Often we struggle with the small commitments: going to class, BINTO time, faithfulness to church, exercise etc.; how can we ever expect to be called on for greater commitment if we can’t be faithful in these smaller things?
2. Why do we struggle with constantly weighing the cost of faithfulness to commitments?
1. A possible help for improving your faithfulness with the ‘smaller’ commitments is establishing an accountability partner for things such as: church attendance, your BINTO time, class attendance, study habits etc.
2. Another way to improve your faithfulness is to focus on one or two weaker areas of your life, and begin to pray and work towards a greater commitment level with those(without causing other areas to suffer).